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The Problem Isn’t The Spill – It’s The Drips That Report It

In Disappearing Ink on 08/05/2010 at 19:03

ABC's snarling news hound, Jake Tapper

ABC (the Anti-American Broadcasting Company) is reporting this morning that crucial safeguards in place on British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig failed when the rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana two weeks ago

The disingenuousness of television network news and the Obama administration it hocks for on a daily basis shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone by now, but the way media have massaged the spill in the Gulf to satisfy its left-wing political agenda is astounding.

Here are a couple of ways both the administration and the media are exploiting it:

First the size of the spill is being reported in gallons-per-day rather than barrels, in order to make the disaster appear more catastrophic. To a wing of New York news fairies that have never checked a dipstick in their entire lives 70,000 barrels of oil just doesn’t have the pizzazz that 3,000,000 gallons does.

In comparison, the Exxon Valdez dumped a total of 257,000 barrels (that’s 11 million gallons in news-speak), requiring a nasty cleanup effort that took 4 years to complete.

Unreported by the networks in the Valdez spill, however, is that Alaskan winter storms did more to clean up the mess than all of the government-mandated penitence Exxon paid for daring to be in the petroleum business.

In this latest television production British Petroleum is playing the Exxon role.

Not to minimize the human toll in the event or its eventual effect on Gulf Coast business; the damage will be significant, and undoubtedly BP will be found to have made mistakes in the end. But the public doesn’t seem to be buying this as the national disaster the media played up in the Valdez spill.

Secondly, where was the Obama administration when the well blew? What about the spill contingency plan they did not implement immediately? And what is it about these guys and their ski vacations and rafting trips? By now even some Democrats are calling Barack the “What Me Worry? President.”

So where is this red-meat media that practically accused George Bush of creating Katrina? Here’s Jake Tapper’s contribution: That Jake is a real counter-puncher! Okay, Tapper broke the story on Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland’s raft trip at the beginning of the crisis, but where oh where is the vitriol the networks handed out to the Bush administration night after night?

The Washington Post takes Obama to task with this headline: Oil Spill, Failed Bombing Offer Obama A Challenge Of Message, Management. Grrr! You guys are fierce guard dogs of the public trust.

Once again Obama was asleep at the switch, and we probably wouldn’t know that if it weren’t for the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and Redstate.com.

When all is said and done the Deepwater Horizon spill could be worse than the Valdez, but it may not come anywhere close. Newsies love to talk potential when it involves the lives of cute little sea otters. The eleven dead guys on the platform don’t bother them much.

But the worst toll may be to US security. Media and the Left and are already using the Gulf disaster  to stop all future petroleum drilling off US coastal waters, even when part of every dollar US motorists spend on gas goes directly into the coffers of Osama bin Laden.

Osama became rich on American oil dollars and the media should be pounding that every night. Instead of cooing when Al Gore sends them housewarming invitations for his new seaside palace.



In The Haters, Weekly Rant on 29/04/2010 at 05:13

When Rush Limbaugh yelled into the golden EIB microphone at “Femi-Nazis” in the 1990s, only the dimwits in Rio Lindo believed that he actually meant they were Nazis. Rush was using hyperbole to drive home a larger point.

That isn’t the interpretation Katie Couric would have you believe, but it is nonetheless true.

The use of metaphor and hyperbole is a recognized journalistic mechanism used to put forth a salient point. Glenn Beck has used the Nazi comparison in likening many of the Obama and Bush administrations’ methods, and, while it is not hyperbole, he makes an historical argument.

Right now the so-called “mainstream” media and Democrat politicians are fueling Arizona protests by leftist front groups by implying that the state’s new alien identification law is racist, akin to apartheid and Nazism. This week both Couric and Diane Sawyer shamefully represented the dispute as racist.

This is not hyperbole or metaphor.

The difference being, when the Left calls you a Nazi or the equivalent of one, they mean it literally. They want the world to think you are dangerous, that you present a threat to human life. Al Sharpton, the poster boy for race-baiting rhetoric, means it when he calls Arizonans racists and Nazis.

The American Jewish community and every African American citizen should be outraged when Couric and the others use the disingenuous journalistic mechanism, “some say this is akin to Nazi Germany …” to create fear where no threat exits.

But it works.

Even Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are running for the boondocks to distance themselves from the Arizona law. Why? Fear of minority voter backlash. Never mind that the Cuban migration of the 20th century had nothing in common with the mass invasion on the Mexican border.

Nothing any Bush does surprises me but Rubio is a disappointment.

Why is the Left so upset about this law? Let’s be clear: it does not give Arizona law enforcement the right to randomly stop and demand anyone’s legal status, in fact it specifically prevents it. They cannot arbitrarily, as Sharpton and Keith Olbermann suggest, inspect anyone’s “papers.”

What does the Arizona law actually do? In a nutshell: it requires proof of citizenship before and person can vote and receive social services; it requires valid identification (not papers, but a state ID, driver’s license or green card) to secure employment. It requires everyone – white, black, Hispanic and everything in between – to carry ID.

It requires that one must have legal status to be here. Anyone who has been through airport security in the last 10 years realizes that that is not too much to ask.

At the end of the day, friends, this is about Democratic votes, illegal votes, and if Republicans and the American people cave in to it, our most precious freedom is gone.